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Dakota State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 23rd 2019By -  Bhavya Rawal

Dakota State University(DSU) is a public university, located in Madison, South Dakota. The university received 1,056 applications for fall 2018. The acceptance rate for this semester was 83%. It offers 45 majors at the undergraduate level including cyber operations, respiratory care etc and also has a robust graduate program. The academic sessions begin in the Fall and Spring seasons with a few courses in Summer.

  • Applications for UG programs can be made through DSU UG Admissions Portal.
  • PG applicants can apply through DSU Graduate Application Portal.
  • ACT and SAT scores are recommended but not mandatory for admission to the institute.
  • International students have to obtain minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to be considered for application.


Application PortalUG: Online Application
PG: Online Application
Application Fee20 USD (UG)
35 USD(PG)
Enrollment Rate46%
Retention Rate72%
Mode of PaymentOnline/Off-line/In person
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring season
SAT/ACT Scores(UG)Recommended
Required SAT Score450 (Critical Reading and Writing)
480 (Math)
Average ACT Score20/30 (Writing)
GRE/GMAT Scores(PG)Required
Financial AidGrants, loans, work-study, and Scholarships

Dakota State University Admissions Deadline

The full-time academic session at Dakota State University begins in the Fall and Spring semesters. International students are advised to submit their applications within the given dates so as to complete all admission procedures within the stipulated time frame.

SessionApplication Deadline
Fall SemesterJune 15
Spring SemesterNov 15

Dakota State University International Admissions

Currently, around 80 international students representing 17 countries are enrolled at DSU. the admissions process for international and domestic applicants is similar. However, there are additional requirements and documents that international applicants need to fulfill for admissions at DSU.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • English Proficiency Test score to be sent directly.
    • TOEFL code: 6247
  • Official transcripts should be mailed.
    • English translations of transcripts, if required.
  • International students are required to have at least one of the following academic requirements: GPA:2.60/4.00 or in the top 60% of his/her class or a score of 18+ in ACT or a score of 870 in the SATs.
  • Bank Statement and Certificate of Financial Responsibility should be submitted by all international applicants.
  • Submission of at least one Letter of Recommendation is mandatory.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Admission Requirements at Dakota State University needs the International students to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting any one of the following test scores:

Test NameMinimum Score Required (Undergraduate)Minimum Score Required (Graduate)
525 (PBT)
76 (iBT)
550 (PBT)

Visa Requirements for International Students

International students have to submit proof of 2 MMR immunizations and a copy of their passport along with a financial sheet and proof of funding. After the student is selected for admission and all financial documents verified the university will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20 A/B). Once received, all the details should be checked carefully.

  • Completed non-immigration visa application form (DS-156) with passport size photo.
  • A valid passport.
  • Receipt of visa application fee.
  • Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt).
  • Additional documents: Academic Transcript(s), scores of any standardized tests taken, Letter of Recommendation

After payment of SEVIS-fee, the applicant must schedule the visa interview with the US embassy.

Dakota State University Undergraduate Admissions

At Dakota State University there are a variety of programs for undergraduates to apply for. The general undergraduate admission process is given below.

How to apply: DSU UG Admissions Portal

Application Fees: 20 USD (for international applicants)

Academic requirements:

  • High School Transcripts
  • Minimum GPA- 2.6
  • Core subject requirements
    • English: 4 units
    • Maths, Lab science, Social science: 3 units
    • Fine arts: 1 units
  • English Proficiency Test score for International students
  • ACT/SAT scores
    • Minimum SAT score: 950
    • Minimum ACT score: 18
  • Minimum 1 Letter of Recommendation from School counselors or teachers and writing samples.
  • Supporting Documents for international applicants: Authorized financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport

Dakota State University Graduate Admissions

Dakota State University enrolls a number of students each year in its graduate programs in Arts, Science, and Education. Each program offered here has different admission requirements and eligibility criteria. Some of the popular programs, admission deadlines, and requirements are mentioned below:

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic Requirements
MS CSDSU PG admissions portalFall: Jun 15
Spr: Nov 15
Sum: Apr 15
35 USDGPA- 3.0, GRE scores,
Supporting documents.
MBADSU PG admissions portalFall: Jun 15
Spr: Nov 15
Sum: Apr 15
35 USDGPA: 3.0, GMAT Score: 450 or GRE Score: 360(ver)& 480(quant),
years of professional employment, ELP,
supporting documents
MS Information SystemDSU PG admissions portalFall: Jun 15
Spr: Nov
35 USD

GPA: 2.7, GRE/GMAT Scores,
ELP, Supporting documents

Supporting Documents: Verified financial bank statement, Proof of financial support or sponsor, International information sheet, authorized clearance for transfer students, valid passport, etc.

As the acceptance rate is high, applicants are advised to fill out their applications with the utmost scrutiny to ensure chances of admission. Admission decisions are released as and when applications are reviewed after the submission. In courses where minimum standardized scores are not mentioned applicants are suggested to apply with average scores of previously admitted applicants.

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